A cat that had its leg amputated after it was stuck in a leg-hold trap for 30 hours in southern Hawke's Bay will be included in an annual "list of shame".

The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) list highlights the 12 worst cases of animal abuse from the past year.

Morry's injuries were so severe his leg had to be amputated.

The eight-month-old cat's injuries were so severe that his leg had to be amputated. Photo / Supplied
The eight-month-old cat's injuries were so severe that his leg had to be amputated. Photo / Supplied

Napier SPCA Inspector Pip Lamb, who found Morry while carrying out an inspection on an unrelated matter, said the then 8-month-old cat went into "full panic mode" when she discovered it.

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"He was crouched down being quiet; he had obviously dragged the trap and got it caught in some silage netting," she said.

"One of our inspectors almost tripped over him, and he went into a full panic mode and was trying to get away."

Lamb added: you could tell by how swollen the part of the paw inside the trap was that it had obviously been like that for a little while, poor guy."

The use of leg-hold traps are restricted under the Animal Welfare Act and cannot be used if there is a risk of catching a pet.

The SPCA advises people who use leg-hold traps to be aware of where they are setting them and the possibility of catching a domestic animal.


Morry was adopted by a Wellington-based foster mother, Sonia Christensen.

The full shortlist will be released this month before the SPCA's 2020 Annual Appeal.